Disability, SSI

Prepare for your disability interview: tips from Social Security

February 23, 2017 • By

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Last Updated: March 17, 2021

man writing in wheelchairWhen a person becomes disabled, it can be a very stressful time in their life. There are many questions and unknowns when you have to transition out of the workforce due to medical issues. While an employer may offer short or long-term disability, most people faced with a disability will file for benefits with Social Security.

If you’re facing life with a disability and don’t know where to start, we encourage you to visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi. You can apply for benefits on our website; it’s the most convenient way. Additionally, you can contact us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit your local office if you wish to apply for disability benefits. When applying for benefits, you should be prepared to answer a number of questions including:

  • When your conditions became disabling:
    • Dates you last worked;
    • The names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates of visits to your doctors;
    • The names of medications that you take and medical tests you’ve had; and
    • Marital information.
  • In addition, if you plan on applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability payments, for people with low income who haven’t paid enough in Social Security taxes to be covered, we will ask you questions about:
    • Your current living arrangement, including who lives there and household expenses;
    • All sources of income for you and your spouse, if applicable; and
    • The amount of your resources, including bank account balances, vehicles, and other investments.

You can view our disability starter kit at www.socialsecurity.gov/disability/disability_starter_kits.htm.

Remember, we are there when you might be faced with one of the hardest obstacles of your life. Social Security helps secure today and tomorrow with critical benefits for people with severe disabilities, not just during retirement. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov.

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  2. Joshua W.

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  3. Megan A.

    My cousin told me that once he finds a lawyer to handle his SSD concerns, he will start looking for advice. I like that you recommended being prepared for the questions you might get asked, and how you made a list of them. I will make sure I pass this information to him so he knows what to answer, and say.

  4. Victor G.

    Ive been fighting ssi for 4 yrs been denied 4 times and i have what ssi considers a disability spinal stenosis with degenerative disc disease still waiting a joke they are were there when you need us ha ha

    • Rainee M.

      Hi. Was trying to find out what a interview with ssd and aadi

  5. Teodoro Q.

    Hi Good Morning,
    I wanted to ask about (MY SOCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNT) I’m following all instructions but I dont know why I’m having trouble to create an account?

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Teodoro, thanks for using our blog. Sorry to hear you are having difficulties creating your my Social Security account. For assistance with your account, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

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